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Trish Bowman has been sewing and doing all kinds of crafts for over 40 years. The craft bug came from her Mom. In high school she became a serious seamstress, starting out by making her own clothes, progressing to reupholstering furniture, and eventually making clothes for her husband. Never one to sit and enjoy the status quo, she was always experimenting with new techniques and challenges, discovering quilting in the mid-1980’s. Her love affair with this new dimension of her hobby blossomed as she realized quilting offered a better outlet for her creativity than making clothes.
Her favorite quilts have always been the ones that held people’s memories. Her first T-shirt quilt, created in 1988, was for her husband and celebrated his days in college by using old T-shirts that otherwise would have gone to the rag bin. Subsequently, she has made many memory quilts for family, friends, and, more recently, clients.
Trish has a studio full of books and fabrics and a Gammill Statler Stitcher to finish all the quilts she makes. A member of the Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Guild, she has served as president and Cabin Fever Quilt Show chairperson. As owner of Jersey Girl Quilts, a custom quilt business, she designs and makes memory quilts for clients who don’t want to or can’t make their own. Based on her experiences with this business, a ruler/template system was developed that eases the cutting of shirts and improves cutting accuracy over the use of a basic square ruler.
Trish lives in central Florida with her husband of 34 years, Doug, and their puppy, Penny. She has two grown children, Christopher and Jennifer, a son-in-law, Michael, and is still waiting on grandkids. She is a registered nurse and successfully ran her own legal nurse consulting business prior to moving to Florida 10 years ago.
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Barbara has been a board member of the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG) and the Kansas Quilt Project, and has served as consultant to numerous state quilt projects, assisting with pattern identification and quilt dating. As a freelance museum curator, she has organized exhibits of art from quilts and cowboy boots to art environments. When she finds time to make quilts, they often reflect her sense of humor. With Laurie Metzinger she organized the infamous project The Sun Set on Sunbonnet Sue.
Brenda Brayfield was born in Northern Ireland and immigrated with her parents to Vancouver, British Columbia, as a young child. She now lives in Surrey with her husband, Roger. She has three sons, Jim, Ryan, and Kevin. Brenda has been making and showing quilts since she took her first class in 1993 and teaches quilting in local workshops. Brenda's top foundation-piecing technique was developed as an answer to a dilemma she faced while preparing for an upcoming workshop. As her students requested more blocks in a variety of styles and sizes, Brenda's block pile grew and so did the accompanying pile of text. The result was Brenda's first book, "Log Cabin: Rediscovered by Machine," published by the American Quilter's Society.
Patricia L. Brown
Patricia began quilting in 1978, very reluctantly! A friend kept after her to go with her to quilting lessons and Patricia finally gave in. From the first lesson, she found she couldn’t get enough! Patricia made samplers, Amish-style quilts, and traditional quilts then as time went on, she lost interest in the same old fabrics. She stopped quilting for a while after the birth of her second son.
When her last son left home, Patricia found herself in a quilt shop surrounded by batik fabric and fell in love with quilting all over again. Batiks opened up a new world to Patricia. She believes that by using basic techniques and beautiful fabrics, a traditional quilter can easily become an art quilter.
Books by Patricia L. Brown
Bonnie K Browning
Bonnie K. Browning uses her “giving” style in teaching to provide you with the fundamentals to begin and the encouragement to go beyond. This dynamic presenter shares her passion for creating using dots, lines, and circles to create Zentangle art. She has included ideas for taking your art from paper to dishes to clothing, even jewelry. Bonnie also shows you how to use Zentangle designs in quilting.
Your creations can go anywhere with Zentangle Art to Go. She is the author of twelve quilting books that range from beginner to advanced skills. Each one carries her signature style of teaching for understanding and application. Bonnie serves as the Executive Show Director for AQS QuiltWeek® events, a position she has held since 1994.
From the creators of the Zentangle Method, Bonnie reminds you that anything is possible, “one stroke at a time.”
Go to bonniebrowning.com for information on teaching or judging.
Books by Bonnie K Browning
Lara Buccella lives in western New York with her husband Jim and their two terriers. She is the mother of three wonderful young people, mother-in-law to a terrific young man, and a brand new grandmother.
A lifelong love of arts and crafts led Lara to take up quilting after her youngest child left for college. Even before completing her first quilt, a One Block Wonder, she realized that she had found her creative voice. With more than forty years of sewing and fabric petting experience, becoming a quilter was a natural fit.
Over the years, Lara has taught many different kinds of crafts to groups of all ages. Always one to play around with and mix techniques, she often sets off on her own path. This has led to some interesting adventures in quilting. You can take a peek at what she's up to by visiting her blog at
Books by Lara Buccella
Michael G Buckingham
Michael Buckingham has lived and traveled around the United States and Europe working as a graphic designer, illustrator, and cartoonist. Combining his interests in design, history, and quilting, he has created the unique "Presidential Redwork: A Stitch in Time" that both quilters and their families can enjoy. Michael, a staff designer for AQS, resides in western Kentucky's lakes area with his wife and two sons.
Barbara M. Burnham
In 1972, Barbara’s mother surprised her with the gift of a year-long Baltimore Album class with Mimi Dietrich. Barbara credits Mimi for inspiring her obsession with appliqué. When the Baltimore Appliqué Society was founded in 1993, Barbara became a charter member. Very active with BAS, she serves as a board member and frequent contributor to the BAS newsletter, and donates her time and talents for museum fundraisers to raise funds that help preserve their quilt collections.
Barbara teaches hand appliqué, hand quilting, and inking on fabric, and offers presentations and trunk shows at local quilt shows and guilds. She writes articles on appliqué techniques and antique quilts, and is active with online groups of quilt collectors, historians, and appliqué enthusiasts. Many of her quilts have been exhibited, and she has won awards for hand quilting and hand appliqué in national competitions, including 1st place for GRAND GEOMETRICS CREATED THE AMISH WAY at the American Quilter’s Society Show & Contest in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 2010. Also, Barbara and machine quilter Marty Vint of Dogwood Quilting of Baltimore, Maryland, won 2nd place for Bed Quilts: Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, with M.E.C. REMEMBERED, the quilt featured in this book.
Barbara and her husband, Ed, live in historic Ellicott City, Maryland, bordering Patapsco State Park.
I grew up in Euclid, Ohio. After school, I would spend time with a neighbor, Mrs. Miller. She was a seamstress, but she never taught me how to sew. My job was to string buttons.
She must have had every button in the world. She would hand me a double-threaded needle and a tin of buttons. At first I would just take a button from the tin and put it on the string at random. Later I’d sort the buttons by color, by shape, or by the number of holes before stringing them. Even after I realized that as soon as I left she’d cut the string and return the buttons to the tin, I still enjoyed developing new sorting systems for stringing the buttons.
This early experience in classification and organization contributed to two bachelor of education degrees and a masters in mathematics education. During my junior year at Bowling Green State University, my major professor introduced me to his new graduate student—a tall, blond, handsome guy from a small town in Iowa. We eventually married and, after living in Oregon and Arizona, we returned to his hometown of Waverly, Iowa.
I tried my hand at several crafts—knitting, crocheting, counted cross-stitch, and macramé. About seventeen years ago I made a series of counted cross-stitch bears. My husband was working on a fundraiser and suggested I sew the bears together and make a blanket for the auction. Not knowing what I was doing, I asked the local church ladies for help. The next thing I knew, I was a first-generation quilter.
I joined guilds, started a stash, and began taking classes. His suggestion became my addiction. In quilting, I found a way to combine my love of mathematics and a creative outlet. I was drawn to traditional pieced blocks and finding ways to adapt the blocks to create unique quilts.
My quilts have been juried into a number of national shows and I have won local and state awards for my quilts. My Iowa Sesquicentennial Challenge quilt, WAITING, won Best of Category and traveled throughout the state of Iowa. In addition, I’ve written articles for Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine.
As mentors increased my knowledge, I began to share my knowledge with others. My programs range from the technical to the humorous aspects of quilting. My workshops are designed with a technical component while strongly encouraging participants to explore their creativity.
Whether taking or teaching classes, I believe a bad day quilting is better than a good day doing anything else.
Books by Cathy Busch
Mary Buvia began her quiltmaking career in 1992 after years of sewing and owning businesses. At that time, she knew nothing about the art form and did not even realize classes were available. A friend told Mary about an organization called American Quilter’s Society so she joined in an effort to learn all that she could through their published information. That decision changed her life as she began learning and quilting.
For over a decade Mary has been teaching different techniques to both beginning and advanced quilters. Her goal is to help students avoid all the mistakes that she made along the way. Mary is very proud to watch her students advance and achieve their personal goals. Mary states, “As I continue to reach my own goals, I feel it is our duty and pleasure to pass on the knowledge that we have gained to future generations of quilters.”
Mary lives in Greenwood, Indiana, with her six feline friends and eight friendly raccoons that visit daily for a handout. Visit Mary at: www.marybuvia.com.
Books by Mary Buvia